What is a Systematic Review?

A systematic review is a literature review of a specific research question. Systematic reviews are usually carried out as a final year project or disseratation within the healthcare/sport subjects. A systematic review should be transparent, so that searches can be replicated, and critically appraise the evidence found. It is important to structure and document search strategies. To do this, a very clear record of search terms used, databases searched and the number of relevant and irrelevant results is needed. 

Systematic reviews vary depending on topic/subject, so please do discuss with your supervisor what they expect of your review.

Doing a Systematic Review by Angela Boland is a useful book which discusses the step-by-step process of carrying out a systematic review.

For more information on the systematic review process see the research skills page - scroll down to ‘conducting a systematic review’.

For further advice please contact your Academic Librarian Team.

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